WASHINGTON — Building on her successful efforts to ban the Pentagon from purchasing electric vehicle (EV) components from any entity that uses child or slave labor, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is proposing an amendment to the Democrats’ tax and spending bill that will prevent taxpayer subsidies for luxury electric vehicles made by forced labor.
“The price of buying a car has reached an all-time high and what is the response from the Democrats? A tax break for wealthy coastal elites to purchase electric vehicles produced with slave and child labor,” said Senator Ernst, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Without this measure in place, the Democrats’ bill will subsidize and encourage forced labor. We shouldn’t sacrifice a good conscience in exchange for a “cleaner” car.
Ernst’s amendment prohibits tax credits for electric vehicles produced by or containing components produced by slaves or children. Specifically, the amendment prohibits the payment of the Clean Vehicle Credit – a tax credit subsidized by US taxpayers’ money – for electric vehicles containing parts from countries that are under investigation by the US. Biden administration for forced labor practices.